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    April 20, 2013
    5:44 - 6:14am PDT  

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happened. mr. malmud, would you like to add? >> john malmud from the city attorney's office. i think the intent is to create a condition that would be placed on the tentative parcel map approval or the tentative [speaker not understood] map approval that would be imposed upon the property owner that if they are obligated in a sense to honor the lifetime lease provisions if they are -- and if they are to enter into a contract to sell the unit in advance of the subdivision map being approved, that that requirement would be imposed on the new owner. so, it's finding some language to create that kind of protection which i think was the intent behind the language, but it's not -- there wouldn't
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be a outright prohibition on the sale. >> so, to follow-up on my question from earlier, is that something that you think may be approvable as to form? i understand that you have not written it yet, and you probably want to do research. but i think before voting on the amendment, if the amendment were absolutely you believe not approvable as to form, we should know that. if you think there is a reasonable chance that it will be approvable as to form, i'd like to know that. >> i believe that if it's conditioned on a sale rather than some limitation to prohibit a sale, that that would be something we could approve as to form. >> okay, thank you. that's very helpful. >> and i'm happy to second that amendment. i do know this has been a difficult issue and i want to thank mr. malmud for the time he's already spent on this legislation as well as [speaker not understood] the specific idea. i'm happy to support supervisor kim's amendment. >> supervisor farrell, did you want to -- okay. so, i have a few comments.
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so, first, i want to really thank all of my colleagues who have spent an inordinate amount of time on this legislation and potentially getting it to a place where it may be passed by the board of supervisors. i think coming into this legislation and this very lengthy and challenging debate is, you know, i came in, and i know a lot of people came in with recognition that we need to take into account the needs of all of our residents including renters, including tic owners. and i really want to -- in fact, we've had a number of hearings on this already. i want to thank the advocates on both sides who at least acknowledge the challenges that
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the other side faced. and there were folks on -- who were opposing the legislation vociferously, but who at least acknowledged the challenges that not all, but quite a few tic owners are facing. and i want to thank the tic owners and advocates who at least acknowledged the crisis in housing affordability in our city that affects many people, including many tenants. this is about housing stability for everyone and there were advocates on both sides who i think really understood that big picture. whichever side of the debate they happen to fall on. in my district, district 8, ~ we have many, many renters who are struggling mightily. we also have the largest number of tic owners. i know that throughout this process there have been some
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who have caricatured tic owners. today we didn't hear that rhetoric like we have in past hearings and i think that is appropriate. tic owners, the ones who i have met in my district and elsewhere, are also san franciscans. these are our neighbors. and by and large, these are former renters, often long-term san francisco renters -- not martians who dropped in from another planet -- who scraped together a down payment and are in the tic. one of the hallmarks of this board of supervisors over the last few years is we, along with the mayor, have been able to address and move forward proposals on issues that have vexed the city for a long time. if you look at our last ballot, prop c, the affordable housing trust fund, that was many, many, many years of work and false starts and we were
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finally able to get it onto the ballot and have it pass overwhelmingly. prop e, business tax reform, one of those eternal debates at city hall about how do we actually move forward forming our business tax. we were able to put that 09ctionv ballot and it passed overwhelmingly. the debate on tics has been going on for a long time and it's one of those eternal debates at city hall. and i am pleased that we potentially have a resolution that will balance the needs of our many citizens this this -- or many residents, i should say, of this city, whether renters or tic owners, being able to find that common ground. ~ in this i will note to those who have been critical of the legislation that supervisor farrell and i introduced, i'll
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be honest, i didn't see very much dialogue about how to move forward to resolution before the legislation was actually pending. sides were extremely polarized and there was no -- i don't think that there was any meaningful discussion of how do we come up with some sort of legislation that everyone can live with and move forward. we now potentially have that. and sometimes even though ideally you want to work things out and come forward and introduce legislation that everyone or a lot of people can support. sometimes the debate doesn't really begin in a meaningful way until you actually have something pending on the table. and that's what we have, and i want to thank my colleagues for working so hard to come up with something that may end up being a resolution. so, i look forward to the continued dialogue for the next few weeks. i will be supporting these
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amendments today, and i know that we'll have continued discussions. we did just receive these today. i have had a chance to look at them. from what i've seen, there are some very positive aspects to them and i will be supporting these amendments. so, supervisor kim? >> thank you. i also just want to make some final comments, which i saved from the beginning because i knew many of the members of the public wanted to speak. and, so, i am really happy to see that a resolution has moved forward and, you know, i think that, you know, i want to acknowledge some of the concerns that people have about having this bypass move forward in any form. but i really do think that changing, a, reforming the lottery process in the future. reducing the eligibility to buildings to four units or less and also increasing the owner occupancy requirement is really
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actually a very good reform for the lottery process that currently exists. and i also think the suspension of the minimum of 10 years is also incredibly important because we do have many folk that are just in the pipeline already. so, feasibly it would be able to convert over at least the next 10 years if not longer. but we're able to address that -- you know, whether we agree that's the tic owner exist or not, that they should have thought in that fashion or not is right or wrong, they do exist in our system and they are planning to go through the lottery process at some point. but we're able to protect future speculation with this reform. i think that's really important so that any realtors or folks that want to go out and buy big building -- not big, but, you know, two to three, to six-unit condos to convert are on warning. that is not going to be an
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option for ownership in 10 years at a minimum. i think that is really important to tenants today given so many step ant are facing. because the city is doing so well which is great, that's also a positive thing when the economy recovers. unfortunately one of the down sides of that our city becomes more expensive and that rent goes up. ~ and i think all of us have heard it from our tenants in our district. and i want to be really careful in saying that i think when people have attacked tic as an option, that we're not attacking the people who want to own homes in the city. we're just attacking the solution to home -- that solution to homeownership, that we would prefer that people who want to become homeowners, they didn't have to go to the rent controlled housing stock to become homeowners. we want to find another pathway. one of that of course is more housing production, but also housing production that is affordable to residents in the city. and i am guilty of that, as many of our colleagues are of
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supporting, you know, luxury developments in the city that doesn't address that concern. but i think that we have to figure out really a more realistic solution in terms of what homeownership means that's affordable to our middle class and middle upper class residents here in san francisco so that when the lottery does resume in 10 years or so, we really have an alternative for homeownership here in san francisco. and, so, hopefully that will give us some time to really be thoughtful about that. how do we get our developers to build, you know, housing? it shouldn't be on the city to build housing. we can build income housing. i think it's important we subsidize that. we have to figure out what we can do to developmental cost ownership here in san francisco. i'm very appreciative of this and i want to appreciate the advocates that have worked on this over the last three months. i know they have sat in supervisor yee's office and
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president chiu's office and also my office. so, a lot of peep to talk to that can't talk to each other. so, i know that the advocates kind of work triple time to make sure we get this done today. and i am also very appreciative of supervisor farrell and wiener wanting to work this out. i think, you know, their intent was really to address current tic owners and i think that these amendments will allow us to do that. thank you. >> thank you. supervisor farrell. >> change of captioners
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>> there are kids and families ever were. it is really an extraordinary
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playground. it has got a little something for everyone. it is aesthetically billion. it is completely accessible. you can see how excited people are for this playground. it is very special. >> on opening day in the brand- new helen diller playground at north park, children can be seen swinging, gliding, swinging, exploring, digging, hanging, jumping, and even making drumming sounds. this major renovation was possible with the generous donation of more than $1.5 million from the mercer fund in honor of san francisco bay area philanthropist helen diller. together with the clean and safe neighborhood parks fund and the city's general fund. >> 4. 3. 2. 1. [applause] >> the playground is broken into three general areas.
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one for the preschool set, another for older children, and a sand area designed for kids of all ages. unlike the old playground, the new one is accessible to people with disabilities. this brand-new playground has several unique and exciting features. two slides, including one 45- foot super slide with an elevation change of nearly 30 feet. climbing ropes and walls, including one made of granite. 88 suspension bridge. recycling, traditional swing, plus a therapeutics win for children with disabilities, and even a sand garden with chines and drums. >> it is a visionary $3.5 million world class playground in the heart of san francisco. this is just really a big, community win and a celebration for us all. >> to learn more about the helen diller playground in dolores park, go to sfrecpark.org.
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>> commissioner buell. >> here. >> commissioner low. >> here. >> commissioner arata. >> here. >> commissioner harrison. >> here. >> and commissioner martin. >> here. >> so just as a quick reminder if anyone could turn on electronic sounding devices that may go off during the proceedings and if you don't mind take any secondary conversations outside for the meeting to proceed as efficiently as possible. if you would like to speak on an item today complete a blue card and unless stated by the president
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each person will have three minutes. if there is an item not on the agenda and under the jurisdiction of the commission you may speak on item five and continued again on item 11 and finally as a reminder address your comments to the commission for public comment. in order to allow time neither the commission or staff will respond to questions during public comment but the commission may ask questions of staff after public comment is closed. with that we're on to the president's report. >> i really don't have a major report to give. i would like to give and margaret you can assist in this and get vacation schedules for commissioners and plan accordingly. that concludes my report. >> okay. is there any public comment on the president's
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report? seeing none public comment is closed. we're on item three which is the general manager's report. >> thank you commissioners for the report i'm going to talk about my vacation. >> tell us about last years. >> let me start my report by bringing up the chair of the committee linda to give a brief update. >> good morning commissioners and general manager ginsburg. i want to give update to the last meeting. we have several new members and we decided to have the members report out about their park. just give us history and background and the park groups they're working with and any of the issues as well as the park projects coming up and the idea there is not only to inform us but get the members
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involved at the beginning as we roll out the bond project so i think that will be successful so as we go along if there are bumps in the road we can get those resolved early and i think that will make everybody happy. that's the first thing and the second thing we talked about 900 enis and it's approved but we're waiting for the funding stream for that and whether it's going to be available but in the meantime we found out 800 enis is available and you may or might not know about it and it's a property that went into bankruptcy and multi-units and i would like to ask the commissioners to support the mayor if they can support getting funding for this and it's a once in a lifetime
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opportunity and would complete the green way and it was scheduled for auction and i understand it's a couple of weeks from now if we can do anything from this commission to under the financing however we go about it. it would be a shame to lead that go by the way side and that's it. that's my report. >> thank you linda. >> a few other announcements our department has been celebrating earth day with events and we're partnering with rei and the parks alliance and bernal highly and partnering with the california academy of sciences at projects at the golden gate park. this is in addition to a number of events taking place celebrating author day and we
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are -- and clean and beautify san francisco neighborhoods. volunteers sweep up neighborhoods and clean up graffiti and take care of the parks and gardens. we have been a proud partner in the effort and the kickoff is at william mckinley monument and at friday we will be at balboa high school for the giant sweep which was the mayor's program created it after the sweep of the detroit tigers and an effort to keep the city
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clean and a partner with public works and department of environment and ecology. on may 4 we are joining the san francisco conservation core, a neighborhood association, enterprise for high school students to celebrate the trails completed in the park and made possible by california proposition 84 park fundamentalling. the day will start at eight amand ribbon celebration at 11 p.m. and for more information go to our website. line up was announced yesterday for the event and it's jam packed including paul mc
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cartly, the red hot chilly peppers and commissioner low -- >> i am waiting for hall and oats. >> guess what? they will be there. willy nelson. i know commissioner you're a big fan of jer rassic -- >> [inaudible] >> phoenix will also be playing. tickets go on sale today at noon. you can log on to our website for more information. we had a big wind storm last week and i wanted to update the commissioners. we did lose 26 of our trees in our park system. it was actually pretty surprising. the park with the most trees down was harding park with 10 trees down. all 26 trees were cleaned up by tuesday, so two days which is amazing. in addition to the
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tree failures a hundred limb failures and cleaned up by the park crew as they were found. the principal damage was a crushed baseball back stop and that is removed and a new one will be planned for installation in the future and i want to give a big thank you to the urban fortesty team and frankly this was a job that required support of the crew throughout the park system in cleaning up a big mess and a headache two weeks ago so they did a fantastic job. as we're well into spring i wanted to give a brief report about our winter recreation season. after every season we do extensive surveying to get feedback from
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participants and i wanted to give you some highlights from the winter recreation survey based on -- we had over 400 respondents so it's good data. we had 9911 registrants and it's one of the slower seasons and we're really place pleased and we have many individuals participate through the scholarship program. of the 400 respondents 82% thought the facilities were clean or extremely clean and great testament to the staff. 91% would recommend the program to the friends and family and co-workers and give a favor favorable look at the programs and they were knowledgeable about the
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content and it's good data for us and reflect the growth for the programming in the city and pleased with the staff and the work they have done since the reorganization. before moving on to this month in parks we have one special staff acknowledgment. mr. seafelt are you willing to come up? terry is a gardener retiring after spending the last 17 years at the san francisco botanical garden and a steward of california plants and of the many accomplishments he's his colleagues have given four that stand out. he extended the
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native garden removing old plantings and establishing california natives. third, what was an ivy covered hill he put bolders and suited for them and species for a special garden with a latin word i can't pronounce. terry, can you? >> [inaudible] >> and finally planted trees that are going to be enjoyed by future generations. the garden has historical significance in the city and terry has traveled throughout the state to get plants and his knowledge has benefited creatures and known by horticultists and department staff and botanical staff.
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retirements are -- they're bittersweet because we're excited and happy for you that you get a chance to celebrate the next stage of life but we're going to really, really miss you and we want to thing you for your hard work. terry congratulations. [applause]
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>> thank you. >> all right. we now move on to conclude with this month with parks if that is cued up. >> powerpoint. >> so we're thrilled to have you. thank you very much for spending your service time with us. san francisco recreation and park department is a proud steward of parks t